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What's a good pomodoro timer that's both physical and programable?

I have been using focus booster app for pomodoro method. But I think i should invest in a physical timer, that I can set next to me while I work. I do have an IPod touch (with pomodoro apps) and ...
5
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3answers
251 views

Facts only news sources [closed]

I have found myself get emotionally worked up on news reporting and would highly prefer to avoid news altogether as this heavily impacts my ability to work productively. For work reasons however there ...
4
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1answer
246 views

I procrastinated and now I'm in the hole several assignments deep, where do I begin the climb out?

So I procrastinated because I opted to work on job related projects rather than school assignments. Its now Spring Break and I want to turn my classes around before it is entirely too late. How do I ...
4
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9answers
1k views

Do audio books help our productivity?

Audio book sales are increasing since 2010 in the world. But do audio books really help us analyze a book? I ask because some people (including me) like to touch what they read. This is also the ...
3
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1answer
392 views

How can I make my productivity system more efficient and usable?

I am a student in an engineering program. My schedule consists of: Lectures and Labs: Fixed schedule and last for 1 to 2 hours Research/Project Work: Flexible timings, usually in between classes ...
0
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1answer
211 views

how to study for long hours? [duplicate]

I want to study for long hours, and I carry interest in studying too but I am not able to sit for more than 45 minutes, I don't know what to do, to improve my sitting for studies.. please suggest
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2answers
647 views

Starting GTD without collecting everything

In the past, I've attempted to use GTD and have failed miserably. Of the past attempts, the biggest problem was the collecting phase: even after dedicating time to the task (2-3 days), I could not ...
8
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1answer
293 views

Should I schedule my tasks with deadlines?

Currently I have a few tasks that I want to do, such as reading book X, reading blog Y, listening to podcast Z, watching video W. I do them usually in my free time when I'm done with urgent work and I ...
5
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4answers
237 views

How to easily change activity and switch focus to it?

I found out, that sometimes when I change the activity, I can not fit to it and I still think about the previous one. For example, when I am really excited due to a call (or great weekend), it is hard ...
4
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5answers
935 views

Does multiple computer screens reduce productivity?

I was reading the wonderful post of Trent Walton : UniTasking which contains a lot of useful thoughts and ideas, plus some good links to some neat OS X apps. (which I have started using right after I ...
3
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2answers
252 views

Improving reading skills without “speed reading”

I really enjoy reading and I read a lot, but I read very slowly. I know this because, for example, the time estimates for reading on my kindle are always about double what it is for the "average" ...
3
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2answers
91 views

How to manage outgoing emails that need an answer (by date)?

Very often I sent emails that need an answer. Sometimes I need factual information, other times I just need confirmation that things are being handled. To complicate things, answers may be required ...
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3answers
165 views

Numbering scheme for prioritizing tasks based on categories

I'm sorry if this is asked before, but I'm looking for a way to get hopefully a single number to help me prioritize between tasks within different categories. I've seen How to manage multiple ...
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6answers
1k views

What can I do during the breaks between the stressful long study hours that would not be counterproductive?

Playing computer games during the breaks would not certainly be productive to do between the long study hours. Watching TV will also not be a good idea (it will jam the brain further, I guess). ...
0
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3answers
598 views

How to convince my make my mind AGAIN to study?

I had an exam and I have next exam on my way. For previous paper,I made my full mood to study but now after it I know I should study but I feel so relaxed and light that I am not studying and I am not ...
0
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2answers
150 views

What is the better approach to studying?

I am curious about which is the better approach to studying. One approach is to allocate a set time for a subject and finish whatever i finish in that time Another approach is to study a certain ...
0
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1answer
100 views

Device that feeds paper to scanner blindly [closed]

I'm trying to mass-scan stacks of documents, but my scanner doesn't have a page feeder. Instead, I want a device that takes a piece of paper off the bottom (or top) of a stack, moves it over the ...
41
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11answers
2k views

How to be more productive at my own side project while having a family and a full-time job?

I have a 9-6 full time job and trying to develop a project on my own. I can only work on it during my off hours, meaning after 7pm. It looks like I have full 5 hours till midnight, but after dinner ...
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14answers
5k views

How do people learn technologies fast?

I keep on reading blogs and tweets about how somebody just sat through few days, learned a new technology and hacked together a new project in a weekend. It is simply unfathomable for me. I recently ...
59
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16answers
9k views

What to do while compiling?

Reading about producitivity lately, it seems that multi-tasking is a bad strategy* (and I certainly feel that it contributes to stress), but I'm not sure how to avoid it when working on legacy ...
41
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12answers
3k views

Good at writing Todo lists, but awful at doing them

At night, before going to bed, I write a TO-DO list to remember what I want to do tomorrow. It includes everything I wish to do, like what I wished to do when I was a child! When I get up in the ...
39
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7answers
2k views

What is a good way to begin your work day?

I work for a very small company and most of the time I work alone and manage my own work and don't get much feedback. I'm not completely used to this and though I have projects and to do lists and ...
28
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8answers
10k views

How to be more talkative? [closed]

I consider myself an introvert and never spoke much. For example, when I'm in class and I know and answer to a question my professor asks, I usually don't say anything. And when I'm eating with ...
28
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18answers
10k views

What is the best way to improve English vocabulary?

I want to improve my English vocabulary. I want to know some of the best ways to improve my vocabulary. How many words should I learn daily? What resources should I use?
28
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8answers
2k views

How to stop being a perfectionist?

For example, until I know each and everything about a topic, I just don't feel like moving ahead, I get stuck. And I find myself getting involved in very minute details of the topic, which usually ...
21
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7answers
2k views

How to keep up with academic publications (papers) as a researcher?

As an academic researcher involved in a field with lots of academic publications, I find it hard to keep with these constant stream of publications. Even if my field is already specialized, there are ...
28
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14answers
16k views

Is there software to log tasks daily?

My boss wants me to write a logs about what I do during my work day, and he wants me to write how much it takes to perform the given task and details. Something like: Revising the CSS of the main ...
36
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8answers
1k views

Is there any way to “save” highly motivated state in the evening and “load” it in the morning?

Sometimes in the evening I am in the flow state or I am just highly motivated to do my work. Unfortunately after some hours of work, I become so tired that I am no longer productive and I just want to ...
29
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9answers
1k views

Often-heard advice for success: “Wake up earlier.” But how much sleep is enough?

A recurring tip I've seen in autobiographies or books on succeeding in business is "wake up earlier." I don't particularly remember which millionaires suggested that advice, but I'm sure it's more ...
23
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5answers
1k views

Why am I not motivated in this excellent situation?

I am working as a freelance contractor. For a long time I have been paid by the hour. This has worked fine and my motivation has never been a problem. Now, I have gotten a deal where I get half of any ...
30
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4answers
1k views

How to get rid of information addiction?

Internet is the main source of information in 21st century and most of the information is easily accessible. But, this ease leads to addiction where an individual seeks more fresh information daily. ...
23
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12answers
38k views

How to wake up if even alarm clock doesn't wake me up?

I have deep-sleep problem. When I go sleep, I set up at least 3 alarm clocks on my notebook ("alarm-clock" applet on linux), and set volume to maximum. They are very loud. But I never hear them, and I ...
23
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10answers
930 views

How to stop your rss feeds becoming a mess/information overload?

So like probably many I use Google Reader to manage, read, filter my subscribed rss feeds. Subscribing only as much feeds as you can read doesnt really work. From time to time i delete some feeds, but ...
19
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7answers
4k views

How can I get myself to go to sleep when I know I should?

I've read on resetting one's biological clock and clearing my mind before bedtime (and I do most of the things there, using F.lux, being physically active mostly every day), taking melatonin ...
35
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7answers
2k views

Does more display space make you more productive?

Would more display space result in better productivity when performing computer tasks? Does it matter by size or by resolution? How about multiple monitors? Please restrict your answer to facts and ...
15
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10answers
18k views

Feel sleepy in the morning for a few hours after I wake up.How to fix it?

I sleep for 6-7 hours in the night everyday. When I wake up in the morning I feel sleepy continuously for 2-3 hours because of which my productivity has become low in the morning. Even when I have a ...
22
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11answers
16k views

Time-tracking software to measure when I'm active or idle on my computer (i.e., keystrokes being pressed and mouse moving)?

I want to see how much time I spend on my computer every day and be able to browse past days' activity levels as well. I've been using http://www.manictime.com/, which tracks nearly everything I do. ...
34
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15answers
2k views

How to spend less time cooking?

What are some good tips to streamline the process of preparing food? While i enjoy cooking and eating fresh, the whole thing takes up a lot of time. What do you do to speed that up? Do you prepare ...
30
votes
16answers
12k views

How do you remember to sit up straight?

I spent some time thinking about this recently. It's kind of frustrating. It seems that most of the advice out there on posture is about why sitting up straight is good for you. There are also all ...
18
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8answers
5k views

How to prevent/control daydreaming?

Daydreaming is becoming a serious issue for me as I miss valuable information in places such as classes, meetings and presentations. It doesn't depend on any specific element. In fact, it may be ...
16
votes
7answers
4k views

What can I use to efficiently track progress on my tasks/goals?

I've been looking forever for a way to manage my tasks and goals efficiently. Most of them were too specific for project managers and had far more options than necessary to manage simpler tasks. None ...
12
votes
2answers
490 views

How to use the second brain of the Stack Exchange network in a productive way?

This network is full of up-to-date knowledge regarding more and more different topics. I don't know any other knowledge base (global brain) with similar properties and options and minimal redundancy. ...
7
votes
3answers
747 views

Scientific studies of time management techniques

This is my first post here, and I would like to say hello to everybody who is reading and writing posts on Personal Productivity Stack Exchange :) I have known this subject (personal productivity) ...
23
votes
9answers
941 views

How can I become a more effective listener?

I believe that I am a poor listener. Often after meetings, I find myself having a lot of loose ends, but in the situation I am not enough aware of this to be able to ask a specific question. I am ...
22
votes
2answers
1k views

What methods exist to keep yourself motivated when working alone?

When I studied, I went to the library to have some form of social control. The social pressure made me work better. I'm now working from home for a living. It's my first week and my motivation isn't ...
19
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14answers
3k views

How do I free my mind of random thoughts while meditating?

When I sit for meditation, there are a lot of thoughts that come to my mind. How can I be free from thoughts while meditating?
17
votes
4answers
769 views

What is “Getting Things Done” (GTD)? [closed]

Rookie question that a lot of people who are using this site may want to know the answer for (including me). I have read a couple of things referring to GTD but nothing definitive. It'd be good to see ...
13
votes
10answers
1k views

How to: Wake up Early

I've tried every technique there is (everything on here for example). Any advice?
10
votes
6answers
592 views

How to efficiently make a hard decision?

I saw an interview with Warren Buffet, where he states that if he makes something like two or three good decisions in a year, then it was a good year. Is there best-practice process on how to make ...
27
votes
13answers
1k views

How can I succeed in remembering people's names?

Even after I have asked a person's name a number of times, I still have trouble remembering it. How can I improve my ability with recalling names?

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